I created this website as a resource for today's busy woman - you! I know, because I am you. We all hear about the importance of self-care and self love and you know that you need to be doing something to take better  care of yourself, but because of everything you're juggling — work, family, friends, and community — it almost feels selfish to make time for personal wellness.

And, more than anything, you want more peace, beauty and happiness.

But happiness doesn't come from one thing or one activity, we create happiness on a daily basis through our attitude and our actions. In order to take care of others, you need to take time for yourself. I learned this myself the hard way and I want to save you having to go through the same thing.

I overcame illness and transformed my life and I want to share what I've learned from my personal experience, the experience of many others and growing scientific evidence that tells us that a critical key to creating this life transformation is mindfulness.

So, how and where do you start? You start within by building a more Mindful You, strengthening your foundation and building your inner strength. This fires up your inner beauty which grows to enhance your outer beauty, your sense of self-confidence and in being the best you - your Mindful Beauty. Each day, you continue to nurture your self, in mind, body and spirit by practicing Mindful Health and Fitness. And, when you put it all together, it adds up to Mindful Happiness that infects every aspect of your life, creating so much joy and energy that you are simply thrilled to be alive and can say with confidence that you love your life. Now, I LOVE my life and I want you to benefit from all the experiences, research, education and wisdom that I have gained from all the amazing people I have met and continue to meet as a health educator and journalist who are working to uncover more of the ways to create your mindful happiness. I hope that you join me on this journey of love.

Mindfulness is a state of being. It's been defined as 'paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non- judgmentally,' by Jon Kabat-Zinn. One of the best ways to cultivate mindfulness is to heighten sensory awareness, since when we are aware of what is happening now both within us and around us, we are grounded in the present.

A favorite exercise I use to teach my students mindfulness is the following.

I call it "Circling through the Senses."

Start standing or sitting. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply, feeling the body as the breath flows. Draw attention to the floor or chair beneath you. Feel the pressure of your body against it. Shift your weight gently forward and back. Settle in a balanced upright posture. Notice all you feel through touch - clothing textures, air temperature, breezes, even breath in the nostrils. Shift attention to sound. Without strain, let sounds fall on your ears, open and hearing—sounds of man and nature. If thoughts or feelings come up, note it and return to sense observation. Relax muscles around the eyes and softly open them, without fixing your gaze on anything in particular. Take in light, shadow and colors around you—the rich visual palette. Return attention to the breath and open awareness to all of it—senses, thoughts, feelings—all happening in this moment. Be fully present.

Shirley Archer